things I have written and places you can read them
More People to Love: How the Bible Starts in a Garden and Ends in a City and What That Means for You
Jason Abbott and I wrote a book called More People to Love . It's about The Big Story of the Bible. It’s about God’s plan, as revealed from Genesis to Revelation, to “make [his] name great among the nations” (Malachi 1:11). At times, our lives can be very difficult. But seeing our lives in light of The Big Story—the beautiful story of God’s unfolding plan of redemption—gives us the perspective we need to carry on with purpose and joy.
Brant Hansen wrote the foreword. He’s a nationally syndicated Christian radio host and author of Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better.
Each Part Working Properly
I wrote this short book for our church membership class. It answers questions such as, "What is the Gospel?" and "Is church membership even biblical"? Also, it teaches Christians how to tell the story of what God has done in their life. Important stuff. The book is tailored to our church, but I think others will find it helpful, too. If you'd like to purchase a copy, you can buy it on Amazon.
The Gospel and Church Membership
Whether you have been a Christian for a long time or whether you are just peering over the fence trying to figure things out, I hope this tiny eBook will give you clarity on two massive realities: the beauty of the Gospel and the priority of the local church. This book has been adapted from the first chapter of my church membership book. Currently, I'm giving it away as a freebie for signing up to my blog.
Lost in December
This is a short story about returning to life after a miscarriage. Over the years, it has surprised me to learn how many couples have had one, or even several, miscarriages. For Brooke and I, it's been five years. And it's still hard. In the story, a husband and wife (Joshua and Allison), as well as their other young children, learn what it means to move on after losing a child. You can get it here.
From Church to Church: The Tips, Tool, and Tactics You Need to Find the Right Job in a Local Church
I'm working on a book to help pastors in the job search process. The typical pastor, while fully equipped to do his job, is not equipped to transition effectively when God calls him to move to another church.
I hope the book is available for purchase sometime in early 2018.
Struggle Against Porn: 40 Diagnostic Tests for Your Head and Heart
Many Christian men struggle with pornography. And that's the problem. I'm writing a book to help men struggle against (not with) sexual sin. There's a huge difference.
I hope the book is written by November of 2017, but I'm not sure when it will be available.
"12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke [A Book Review],” Themelios, October, 2017 (forthcoming).
"Shepherd: Learn the Names of Your Sheep," The Gospel Coalition (forthcoming).
"When a Door Closes and a Window Doesn’t Open," Desiring God (forthcoming).
"Am I Still Me? Finding Yourself When Life Changes," Desiring God, April 18, 2017.
"The Gospel in 140 Characters," For The Church, March 28, 2017
"Church-Growth Fear or Excitement?" Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), February 2, 2017.
"Pastors Need Healthy Boundaries," Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), Eastern District Blog, January 18, 2017.
"Light for Those Who Sit in Darkness: What Christmas Says About Our Sin," Desiring God, December 20, 2016.
"A Book Review of How to Survive the Apocalypse," Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), November 8, 2016.
"9 Tips for Giving a Retreat Talk," For The Church, October 6, 2016.
"5 Strategies for Shortening Your Sermons," The Gospel Coalition, July 6, 2016.
"Thank God for Spiritual Grandfathers: Thoughts on Wayne Grudem," For The Church, July 5, 2016.
"Can You Really Become Unoffendable?" A book review of Unoffendable by Brant Hansen, The Gospel Coalition, June 29, 2016.
"The Problem with the Pinterest Dream Wedding," Desiring God, June 6, 2016.
"From Hating Words to Loving Them," Stories of Change, May 7, 2016.
“Gluten Free to the Glory of God,” Desiring God, January 6, 2016.
“Pastoral Transplant Criteria,” For The Church, December 26, 2015.
“What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung [A Book Review],” Themelios, December 2016, Vol. 40, Is. 3.
“The Greatest Enemy of the Church,” Desiring God, August 12, 2015.
“When Ministry Success Becomes an Idol,” The Gospel Coalition, April 22, 2015.
“Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections [A Book Review],” The Gospel Coalition, February 18, 2015.
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